TheatreOCU is unique and special, serving as the public laboratory and showcase for the School of Theatre's professional training programs. The company is modeled after the classical repertory theatres in the USA, Canada, England, and Europe. Students function as young professionals in a setting where the rules and discipline of the contemporary theatre are observed. Professional attitudes and work practices are expected of our entire production team; faculty, staff and students at all times. Operating rules are modeled after those of the professional theatrical unions (AEA, USA and IATSE). Productions at TheatreOCU will mirror much of what is produced by prominent regional theatres around the country and balance selections from the classical repertoire with significant contemporary works. It is designed to serve as an integral extension of the student's classroom study and studio training.

Performance opportunities are designed to provide our students with a mentored experience in a professional theatre production. Acting process skills such as voice, movement, and style techniques will be reinforced and applied in the rehearsal environment. The production season offers the students a chance to experience a wide range of forms and styles. The training program uses a traditional professional theatre model so that students will be better prepared to enter the profession.


Season Information

As a performance major at OCU, you will have the opportunity to audition for a wide array of different production opportunities- from musicals, opera and dance, to straight plays, and classics, from fully mounted productions to black box shows and staged readings, from guest artist and faculty directors to student directors, on our stages and those of our three professional partners. You will dive into rigorous curriculums taught by working professionals, and learn to grow and thrive as an artist in our small, safe, ensemble classrooms.



The Design and Production area provides the design and technical elements for the School of Theatre and Bass School of Music. Each year we produce five main stage theatre productions, two fully mounted musicals and two operas, eight Stage II plays, and five children's theatre productions.

Design and production opportunities are structured to give the students practical, realized projects where they are expected to synthesize and apply skills gained in the classroom and from previous experiences. The production assignments will regularly stretch and challenge the students, continually expanding their capabilities as they develop in a mentored environment.

Our students continue to develop their craft during the summer. Design and production majors typically spend their summers working in the profession. In recent years, Oklahoma City University students have received positions and internships with: Cirque du Soleil, Santa Fe Opera, Walt Disney World, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Music Theatre of Wichita, Glimmerglass Opera, Busch Gardens Theme Park, Shakespeare Festival of New Jersey, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre, Light Opera Oklahoma, and Black Hills Playhouse.


Design & Production

As a professionally based training program, it is critical for TheatreOCU students to work within the industry as their collegiate career evolves. At the Oklahoma City University School of Theatre we strive to involve our students in the industry in a wide range of opportunities. Whether it is with our professional partners or through internships, TheatreOCU students are actively in our industry.

The School of Theatre and TheatreOCU have partnerships with four local professional performing arts companies. These affiliations give our students the opportunities to gain professional experiences in performance, design, production and management.


Professional Partners

The School of Theatre at Oklahoma City University invites applications and nominations for a nine-month, tenure track Director of the newly reimagined BA Theatre and Performance Program. This position is to be appointed at the Assistant or Associate Professor ranking beginning fall 2016. The director will launch, lead and teach courses in an innovative program designed to develop reflective artists; who will be innovators in their discipline, and be able to manage themselves and others in the fast-evolving field of live performance, design and technical theatre arts. The program provides a supportive yet challenging laboratory environment. Training for the program centers on culturally sensitive and globally aware interdisciplinary work grounded in innovation, personal vision and the creative process in traditional venues and beyond. Duties include recruiting and leading the program; teaching core courses in devised, ensemble-based performance; serving as mentor to students and student performance ensembles; forging and maintaining relationships with regional and international partners; managing and facilitating a study abroad curriculum component; producing and overseeing the annual student capstone, and Festival of New Works. We are especially seeking candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas: Theatre for Social Change; Arts Advocacy; New Media and Digital Performance; Verbatim Theatre; Dramaturgy; Directing or Producing New Works; New Performance Practices.

Teaching, Scholarship, and Service Requirements

The successful candidate will participate in the School of Theatre's assessment program, student recruiting and retention efforts for the School and University. Effective teaching, scholarship, and service are required for promotion and tenure.


An MFA in Theatre or related field is required; a terminal degree or equivalent professional experience is required.

At least three (3) years of full-time teaching experience is required.

Five (5) years professional theatre experience is required.

Familiarity with the United Kingdom educational system is preferred.

School of Theatre

The School of Theatre offers an active production-based BFA program and is a part of the Margaret E. Petree College of Performing Arts which includes the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management and the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. We offer a BFA in Design and Production, BFA in Acting, BFA in Theatre for Young Audiences, and a BA in Theatre Performance in a program that is gaining a national reputation and currently has a steady population of over 200 majors. TheatreOCU is the School of Theatre’s producing arm, mounting four to five main stage, two staged readings, and eight laboratory productions each season. Design and Production also supports the Opera & Musical Theatre program which produces two musicals and two operas each year. The school has partnerships with four local professional theatre companies: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, Lyric Theatre, and Oklahoma City Ballet.

The School of Theatre prepares young theatre artists for a sustainable, professional life. Our faculty inspire undergraduate students in a rigorous, disciplined, and collaborative academic and production environment. Our program is grounded in the philosophy of putting theory into practice from the classroom to the stage to produce creative, culturally aware, and highly effective theatrical artists.

About Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City University was founded in 1904 and is a coeducational, urban, private university located in the Uptown district of Oklahoma City. The university is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and offers a wide variety of degrees in the liberal arts and sciences disciplines. Oklahoma City University is the only Oklahoma institution listed in the top tier of the regional, master's-level university category by U.S. News and World Report magazine.

Employee Benefits

The position includes an excellent benefit package including: tuition remission for faculty, spouses and children pursuing a degree at Oklahoma City University and over 500 other participating private institutions, health insurance, long term disability, life insurance, family membership to fitness center, TIAA-CREF retirement plan.

Required Application Materials

All applications submitted must include:

  • a cover letter
  • a current curriculum vitae
  • teaching philosophy
  • a list of three to five professional references
  • unofficial transcripts, and
  • links to online portfolio or samples of creative work
Applications accepted online here.

Contact for Additional Questions:

Sarah dAngelo, Associate Professor of Theatre

Faculty Job: BA Program Director